1971 THE FACTS & FIGURES

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So, 1971 is almost done and dusted. All that’s left is for us to wrap it up and see who the movers and shakers were.

We had 135 songs spend at least 1 week in the charts this year. This was the lowest we had seen to date except for 1965 when we only had 79, but that was the year the charts started and was not a full year. The 135 songs of 1971 were 1 less than 1966 which was the previous record holder for the lowest number of songs seeing chart action in a full year. 1969’s 153 was the record most to date. There were 114 acts that brought us the 135 hits this year (duets counting as 2, the total would be 110 if duets counted at 1). While the 135 songs were the lowest to date (excluding 1965), the number of acts was tied highest meaning that the hits per act ratio was by far the lowest to date we had seen, amounting to only 1.18. The next lowest was the 1.24 we had seen in 1970. The table below sets out the comparative figures for these stats by year:

Year No Of Hits No Of acts Hits/Act
1965 79 55 1.44
1966 136 97 1.40
1967 146 98 1.49
1968 142 97 1.46
1969 153 112 1.37
1970 141 114 1.24
1971 135 114 1.18

For the local acts, 1971 was their most successful to date as we saw 41 songs by them spend time in the charts during the year. This thrashed the previous record of 30 that we had seen in 1966. There were 28 act who brought us these songs. This counts the 3 different guises that Billy Forrest recorded under as 1.

TOP HITS

Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 40 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

Pos Song Artist Points
1 You Peter Maffay 349
2 Co-Co Sweet 294
3 Knock Three Times Dawn 275
4 Never Ending Song Of Love New Seekers 247
5 Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Creedence Clearwater Revival 246
6 Funny Funny Sweet 240
7 Mammy Blue Charisma 234
8 A Summer Prayer For Peace Archies 213
9 Butterfly Danyel Gerard 207
10 I Hear You Knockin’ Dave Edmunds 206
=11 Understanding Peanutbutter Conspiracy 199
=11 Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow Dealians 199
13 Daar’S Niks Soos Ware Liefde Groep Twee 198
14 Put Your Hand In The Hand Alan Garrity 191
15 Rose Garden Lynn Anderson 189
=16 Mozart: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K.550 1° Movement (Allegro Molto) Waldo De Los Rios 179
=16 Hold On (To What You Got) Peanutbutter Conspiracy 179
18 I Did What I Did For Maria Tony Christie 178
19 Long Days And Lonely Nights Lincoln 174
20 Joy To The World Three Dog Night 167
21 Home Dave Mills 162
22 No Matter What Badfinger 161
23 Get Me Some Help Neville Whitmill 157
24 The Seagull’S Name Was Nelson Des & Dawn Lindberg 154
25 Silver Threads And Golden Needles Barbara Ray 152
26 Rain, Rain, Rain Gentle People 149
27 Vicki Lance James 148
28 If Not For You Olivia Newton-John 147
29 Looky Looky Giorgio 146
30 It Don’T Come Easy Ringo Starr 141
31 Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum Middle Of The Road 137
32 My Sweet Lord George Harrison 136
=33 What Is Life George Harrison 135
=33 I Think I Love You Partridge Family 135
35 Amen Peanutbutter Conspiracy 133
36 Tom-Tom Turnaround New World 129
37 When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door Dealians 126
38 He’S Gonna Step On You Again John Kongos 124
39 Gypsy Woman Brian Hyland 123
40 Zanzibar Wanda Arletti 112

You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:

Top 40 Magazine 1971 List

As he was German, Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ was the first song by an act that was not from the UK or the US or local to be the top song of the year. Previous winners were 3 local acts, 2 American acts and 1 British act. The 349 points that ‘You’ amassed beat the previous record of 342 for points by a song in a year. The previous record was held by The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’.

The cumulative points to date gave the following top 10:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Cry To Me Staccatos 447
2 You Peter Maffay 349
3 Timothy Four Jacks & A Jill 312
4 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe 307
5 Single Girl Sandy Posey 302
6 Master Jack Four Jacks & A Jill 295
7 Co-Co Sweet 294
8 Green Green Grass Of Home Tom Jones 289
9 California Girls Beach Boys 286
10 Pretty Belinda Chris Andrews 284

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1971 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Mammy Blue Charisma 234
2 Understanding Peanutbutter Conspiracy 199
3 Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow Dealians 199
4 Daar’S Niks Soos Ware Liefde Groep Twee 198
5 Put Your Hand In The Hand Alan Garrity 191

And cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965, the top 5 were unchanged from last year:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Cry To Me Staccatos 447
2 Timothy Four Jacks & A Jill 312
3 Master Jack Four Jacks & A Jill 295
=4 Sunglasses Hilary 279
=4 Theresa Dave Mills 279

NUMBER OF HITS

Neil Diamond became the 5th act so far to manage to spend time in the charts with 5 different hits during a calendar year. His 5 songs to be in the top 20 this year were ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ (which started its chart run in 1970), ‘Do It’, ‘Shilo’, ‘I Am…I Said’ and ‘I’m A Believer’.  Engelbert Humperdinck and The Bee Gees managed 5 hits each in 1968 while The Archies, Percy Sledge and The Bee Gees (again) did so in 1969.

Dave Mills came second in 1971 with 4 hits and for the second year running he was the highest scoring local act. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Tony Christie both managed 3 with the former being the second best local act.

Tom Jones led the way on the overall count as he moved his total on to 17, adding 2 to the 15 he had achieved by the end of 1970. Cliff Richard was in second place with 14 while Percy Sledge and The Hollies on 12 apiece were tied 3rd.

Four Jacks & A Jill topped the list for local acts with 7 to their name with 6 acts tied for second place on 6 hits. They were The Staccatos, Gene Rockwell, Dave Mills, Virginia Lee, The Bats and Billy Forrest. The 4 hits Dave Mills had in 1971 was an equal record best for a local act, joining Four Jacks & A Jill who achieved this in 1968.

WEEKS ON THE CHARTS

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy became the first local act to top the list of weeks spent in the chart in a calendar year as they amassed 39 weeks in 1971. This was the tied 4th highest total the top act had managed, equalling the 1966 effort by The Beach Boys, but falling way short of the record to date 48 that Chris Andrews managed in 1970. (Note that 2 songs in the chart in the same week count as 2 weeks).  Neil Diamond and The Sweet were tied 2nd with 34 weeks each with Dawn and Creedence Clearwater Revival having the 3rd highest total as they managed 26 weeks. The Dealians took second place amongst the locals with 23 and Barbara Ray was close behind with 22.

Tom Jones, unsurprisingly was the overall leader with 178 weeks to his name. The Bee Gees were second with 108 and Percy Sledge and The Troggs tied for 3rd place with 105. The Staccatos were still top of the local list on 83 as Dave Mills moved past Four Jacks & A Jill to take second place on 69. Four Jacks & A Jill who sat second at the end of 1970 had not moved their total past 68 where it sat at the end of the previous year and they were now 3rd.

NUMBER 1’s

The Sweet were the only act to see more than 1 chart topper this year and they had 2 in ‘Funny Funny’ and ‘Co-Co’. Only 1 act so far had managed 3 number 1s in a year and that was Chris Andrews who did this in 1970. The Sweet’s 2 chart toppers clocked up a total of 14 weeks at 1 between them which smashed the previous record of 9 weeks at 1 in a calendar year that Chris Andrews had managed in 1970.

We saw 3 local chart toppers in 1971 which was equalled second best to date. We had seen this total in 1970, but the 5 we saw in 1968 was still the record. The 3 songs to make it to the number 1 spot by local acts were ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ by The Dealians, ‘Put Your Hand in the Hand’ by Alan Garrity and ‘Mammy Blue’ by Charisma.

‘Mammy Blue’s 11 weeks at 1 was not only the most a song managed in 1971 but was also the record to date. The Sweet’s 8 weeks with ‘Co-Co’ was second. ‘Knock Three Times’ by Dawn and The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ tied for 3rd each spending 6 weeks in pole position. Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ was the second best run at 1 by a local song in 1971 as it managed 4 weeks with The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ managing 3.

Overall Tom Jones had seen 6 number 1s which was the highest tally to date. Chris Andrews was next highest on 4 and 7 acts sat tied 3rd on 3 with The Hollies and Creedence Clearwater Revival catching up to The Troggs, The Tremloes, Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees and The Rolling Stones who had not added to their score of chart toppers in 1971.

Tom Jones’ 18 weeks in total at 1 was still the best to date with The Bee Gees and The Sweet both on 14 in second place. Chris Andrews had 13 weeks to his name and was next on the list. Charisma, who were 5th overall with 11 weeks were the highest placed local act with Hilary and Four Jacks & A Jill on 7 each coming second.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS

After 1970’s worst year to date (excluding the half year of 1965) for woman artists, they managed to almost double their tally of hits from 8 to 14, their 3rd best effort to date. It still fell quite a distance short of the 23 in 1967 which was their best performance to date.

Barbara Ray was the only one in those 14 hits that accounted for more than 1 as she brought us 2 hits. Petula Clark’s 4 in 1967 was still the best effort that a woman had managed. Aside from Barbara Ray, Lauren Copley and Judy Page were the only other local ladies to make the top 20.

Petula Clark was still the leader for number of hits by a woman. She added 1 to her total this year and sat on 11. Nancy Sinatra was second with 7 and Virginia Lee was still the leading local lady with 6 which put her 3rd overall. Barbara Ray and Judy Page on 3 apiece were the second highest on the local list.

Barbara Ray’s 2 hits spent a total of 22 weeks in the charts and this was the best effort for a woman this year.  This was the tied highest number of weeks in the chart in a year for a local woman, equalling Hilary’s effort in 1968. Petula Clark still held the record, having seen 37 in 1967. Lynn Anderson’s 13 weeks was the second best weeks tally for a woman this year while Lauren Copley’s 12 was 3rd overall and the second highest for a local woman.

Petula also led the way for total weeks in the chart. She had 72 to her name. Sandie Shaw and Nancy Sinatra were tied second on 54. Virginia Lee was the highest placed local woman with her 36 putting her 5th overall. Barbara Ray was, however closing that gap as she had 32 and was in 6th place overall.

Last year was the first time we did not have a female chart topper and if it had not been for the 1 week that Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’ spent at the top of the charts in 1971 (it should have been called ‘If Not For Me’), this year would have been the second time. 1967 was still the best year where 5 songs by women topped the charts. We were still to see a woman top the charts more than once other than Nancy Sinatra who had managed it once as a solo artist and once as part of a duet with her dad, Frank. Hilary’s 7 weeks at the top of the charts with ‘Sunglasses’ was still the most number of weeks a woman had spent at 1.

The top 5 hits by woman in 1971 based on the points system were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Rose Garden Lynn Anderson 189
2 Silver Threads And Golden Needles Barbara Ray 152
3 If Not For You Olivia Newton-John 147
4 Zanzibar Wanda Arletti 112
5 Amazing Grace Judy Collins 101

On a cumulative basis, the top 5 was unchanged from last year and read:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Single Girl Sandy Posey 302
2 Sunglasses Hilary 279
3 Timothy Carike Keuzenkamp 236
4 Cry Softly (Liebestraum) Nancy Ames 232
5 The French Song Lucille Starr 223

NATIONALITIES

Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 You Peter Maffay 349 Germany
2 Butterfly Danyel Gerard 207 France
3 Mozart: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K.550 1° Movement (Allegro Molto) Waldo De Los Rios 179 Argentina
4 Looky Looky Giorgio 146 Italy
5 Tom-Tom Turnaround New World 129 Australia

As mentioned above, Peter Maffay’s ‘You’, which topped this list, was the only song so far that was by one of the ‘other nationalities’ that was the top song for the year.

So far the Australians had taken top honours for top hit by one of the ‘other nationalities’ (in 1965 and 1966). Since then we had seen a Canadian act, a French act, an Irish act, a Dutch act and now a German one take top spot on this list.

There were 16 songs by ‘Rest Of the Worlders’ that spent time in the charts this year. This was the second highest total so far with the record being the 19 we saw in 1970. No act managed more than 1 hit.

The British acts were the dominant force in 1971 with 45 of the hits making the charts being from them. The local acts were next best with 41 while the Americans were in 3rd place with 33. Of the others, Germany fared best with 4 hits. Canada, Australia and France all saw 2 while acts from Italy, Jamaica, Netherlands, Ireland, Argentina and Norway all contributed 1. With a total of 13 different nations having a look in at the charts in 1971, this was the most diverse year we had seen to date. In fact each year, other than in 1967 had seen an improvement in the number of nations charting. We started with 4 in 1965 then moved on to 6 in 1966. 1967 equalled the 6 we saw in 1966 then 1968 moved the total onto 7. We saw 8 in 1969 then 11 in 1970, and now 13 in 1971.

Despite a poor showing in 1971, the Americans still led the way for total number of hits with 301 to their credit. The Brits were in second place with 296, just 5 behind them Local acts were 3rd with a total of 155. Canada on 17, Australia on 10 and Germany and Jamaica on 8 each were the highest for the rest of the world.

The cumulative best hits for ‘rest of the world’ artists was as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 You Peter Maffay 349 Germany
2 Looky Looky Giorgio 261 Italy
3 Ma Belle Amie Tee Set 231 Netherlands
4 The French Song Lucille Starr 223 Canada
5 Butterfly Danyel Gerard 207 France

WHAT DIDN’T MAKE IT

A record to date 21 songs that topped either the US or UK charts or both, did not make our top 20 in 1971, beating the previous record set in 1969 of 18. Of the 21 number 1s in the US or UK that didn’t make our charts in 1971, 1 of them (Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’) would chart in 1972. The previous record of 18 did include 3 songs that subsequently made our charts. In 1970 there were 17 songs that didn’t make our charts in the year, and none of them would subsequently do so. This previous record for songs that would never make our charts (as opposed to not making it in the specific year) was now beaten by the 20 UK/US chart toppers in 1971 that would never chart in SA.

The 21 chart toppers in the US or UK or both that didn’t make our charts in 1971 were as follows:

Song Artist
Brand New Key* Melanie
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep Middle Of The Road
Coz I Luv You Slade
Double Barrel Dave And Ansel Collins
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) Benny Hill
Family Affair Sly & The Family Stone
Get It On T.Rex
Grandad Clive Dunn
Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves Cher
Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me Tams
I’m Still Waiting Diana Ross
Indian Reservation Raiders
It’s Too Late Carole King
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) Temptations
Maggie May/Reason To Believe Rod Stewart
Me And Bobby Mcgee Janis Joplin
One Bad Apple Osmonds
Theme From Shaft Isaac Hayes
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey Paul & Linda Mccartney
Want Ads Honey Cone
You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor
* Would chart in 1972

CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS

Cliff Richard and Tom Jones were the only acts who had spent at least 1 week in the chart every year since 1965, that’s 7 consecutive years that these 2 had been seen in the top 20 at least once.  The Staccatos, Herman’s Hermits and The Hollies had managed to chart every year up to 1970, but failed to continue that run into 1971. The 6 consecutive years that The Staccato’s managed to spend at least a week in the charts would be an all-time record for a local act that would not even be equalled.

No act apart from Tom Jones and Cliff Richard had managed 6 consecutive years from 1966, but The Bee Gees and Percy Sledge had been seen chart action every year since 1967, giving them a 5 year run. The Archies were the only act (excluding the 4 mentioned above) to see chart action in every year since 1968, a 4 week run.

Of the local acts who did see chart action in 1971, Dave Mills was the only one whose run extended back to 1969, a 3 year run, while on the female artist front, none of the acts charting in 1971 had seen action in consecutive years other than Petula Clark, Barbara Ray, Melanie and Wanda Arletti all who had spent time in the charts in 1970 as well. Petula’s run of 4 years from 1965 to 1968 was the best any woman had managed so far.

I WRITE THE SONGS

The songs that had spent time in the charts in 1971 were brought to us by a total of 162 song writers and this was the lowest figure we had seen since 1965 when 104 song writers had their names featuring on our hits during that half year of charts. In 1967 we saw the highest number of song writers being responsible for our hits when 206 different names appeared in the song writer slot on the labels of the singles that charted.

Terry Dempsey broke the record which he equalled in 1970 as he was responsible for 9 hits that saw chart action in 1971. His 8 in 1970 had equalled Barry Mason’s 1968 effort. Neil Diamond was second best this year as he saw 6 of his compositions spend time in the charts and Jeff Barry came in 3rd with 4 hits.

Les Reed who led the way for number of hits at the end of 1970, only managed to add 1 to his total and his 18 to date and was just ahead of Terry Dempsey who had now seen a total of 17 compositions chart. Jeff Barry was in 3rd place on 16.

Unsurprisingly Terry Demspey managed more weeks in the chart than any other song writer this year. His 65 were 4 less than the record to date 69 he managed with 1 less hit in 1970, but was 19 more than any other song writer could manage in 1971 as second place was shared by Neil Diamond and the song writing due of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman who had all managed 46.

Reed still led the way for total week to date with 168 to his name. Dempsey was hot on his heel in second place with 160. he was followed by a couple of Barrys with Barry Mason (often co-writing songs with Les Reed) in 3rd place on 139 and Barry Gibb (of The Bee Gees) 4th on 134.

Despite all his hits this year, Terry Dempsey did not see a single one top the chart. Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn were the only song writers to manage more than 1 number 1 in 1971 and they did so with the 2 chart toppers by The Sweet, ‘Funny Funny’ and ‘Co-Co’. They also took the most weeks at 1 in the year award with a total of 14. Hubert Giraud and Phil Trim who had writing credits on Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ were second with 11 weeks.

Barry and Maurice Gibb still led the way overall for weeks at 1 as a song writer with 15 to their respective names. Chapman and Chinn joined Barry and Maurice’s brother Robin Gibb with the second highest total to date of 14. Chris Andrews and Neil Diamond on 13 each were next.

THANKS

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped keep me on the straight and narrow as we have gone through 1971. Special thanks go to Peet van Staaden, Anton ‘Eagle-Eye’ van Staaden and Ian McLean for supplying invaluable information and corrections as well as Chris Kimberly, Brian Currin, Stephen Segerman and Tertius Louw for being my go-to guys when I’m stumped.

The 1970s adventure continues as we start to explore 1972 next.

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31 December 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 3 8 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
3 2 10 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
4 4 13 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
5 5 7 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
6 7 6 Desiderata  – Les Crane
7 6 22 You  – Peter Maffay
8 9 4 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
9 12 3 Imagine  – John Lennon
10 8 17 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
11 10 7 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
12 15 10 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
13 11 9 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
14 14 4 Till  – Tom Jones
15 16 7 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
16 20 9 What are You Doing Sunday  – Dawn
17 New 1 I Will Return  – Springwater
18 13 16 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
19 17 2 Tokoloshe Man  – John Kongos
20 New 1 It’s Summertime Again  – Gentle People

‘Mammy Blue’ entered its 11th week at number 1. It was 1 of only 6 songs that would spend 11 or more weeks at the top of the charts in the nearly a quarter of a century of singles charts we had in SA. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ moved back into second place and this was a new record 4th consecutive week that we had seen local acts in the top 2 spots. But wait, there’s more. Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get Me Some Help’, which was at 2 last week, dropped to 3 giving us the 3rd week we would see the top 3 songs being by local acts.

Dawn saw their 3rd biggest climber as ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’ moved up 4 places to take the honours this week. This was only the second time we had seen a song take a biggest climber award after re-entering the charts. The previous one to do this was Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s ‘Zabadak’. In total 21 songs would manage this. ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’ had picked up a biggest faller award during its previous chart run and now became the 10th song to manage a biggest climber after having been the faller of the week. There were no other star raters this week.

Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ picked up another biggest faller award as it dropped 4 from 14 to 18. It was 6 weeks previously that the song picked up its first biggest faller award and this was the biggest gap between getting fallers that a female act had seen to date and the equal 3rd biggest gap between fallers for a local act with The Staccato’s ‘Spicks And Specks’ equalling this while Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ saw a 7 week gap between fallers and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ 8 weeks was not only the best by a local act, but tied with Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’ for the overall record to date.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ enjoyed its 22nd week in the charts and its 5th as the oldest in the top 20. It was now 3rd in the list of weeks in the chart by a song with Tommy Roe’s 1966/67 hit ‘Sweet Pea’ on 24 and The Staccato’s 1969/70 hit ‘Cry To Me’ way out in front on 38.

Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ dropped off the charts. It had managed 2 runs in the chart that both lasted just 1 week, the first being spent at 20 and then at 19 for its second run. This, however, was not the last we would see of Tony Christie in our charts.

Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ also left the top 20 after a run of 18 weeks and a peak of 3. Groep Twee now had the top 2 songs for weeks in the chart by an Afrikaans song with their ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’ on 15 weeks being the second best to date while the 18 weeks ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ managed would be the all time best for a vocal Afrikaans song. This record would eventually be beaten by an instrumental with an Afrikaans title.

And talking of instrumentals, Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ became the 28th vocal-less song to make the charts. Springwater was a name used for British musician Phil Cordell (born 17 July 1947, died 31 March 2007). The song made its way to number 5 in the UK and topped the charts in Switzerland, made 4 in Holland and 12 in Belgium. Cordell would also record under the name Dan The Banjo Man.

The second new entry kept the local hit count in the top 20 at 7 as Gentle People’s ‘It’s Summertime Again’ arrived at 20. This was their second hit to make our charts with the number 3 hit, ‘Rain, Rain, Rain’ being their first. The song was produced by Chris Kritzinger and lists a certain Julian Laxton as one of the two engineers on the track (Geoff Tucker was the other).

Tommy Roe celebrated reaching 90 weeks in the charts as ‘Stagger Lee’ at 12 added to his tally. He sat at 10 on the weeks count list, but was still 2 behind The Rolling Stones on 92 who sat 9th. Marmalade enjoyed their 30th week in total in the charts and were the 56th act to date to reach this total.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved into tied 6th place on the local weeks count list, joining Gene Rockwell and Jody Wayne there with 39 weeks. Barbara Ray was unmoved at 12 on that list, but she no longer shared the spot with Des Lindberg, her 32 weeks putting her 1 ahead of the latter.

On the points front, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy became the 34th act to accumulate 500 or more points as their total ticked on to 511. This was the 4th highest to date for a local act. Meanwhile Tommy Roe became the 10th act to join the 1,000 points club as he ticked over to a total of 1,008.

This was the final chart of the year and 1971 was the first year we had seen where none of the acts on the first chart of the year featured on the last one as well.

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24 December 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 2 9 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
3 3 7 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
4 4 12 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
5 5 6 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
6 9 21 You  – Peter Maffay
7 6 5 Desiderata  – Les Crane
8 8 16 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
9 12 3 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
10 7 6 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
11 11 8 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
12 14 2 Imagine  – John Lennon
13 16 15 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
14 17 3 Till  – Tom Jones
15 13 9 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
16 10 6 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
17 New 1 Tokoloshe Man  – John Kongos
18 18 18 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
19 RE 2 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie
20 RE 8 What are You Doing Sunday  – Dawn

The top 5 songs were unchanged this week and this meant that we saw a 2nd week of having the top 3 songs as local ones with ‘Mammy Blue’ by Charisma enjoying its 10th week at number 1 and it became the first of 9 songs that would eventually see their weeks at 1 reach double figures. Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get Me Some Help’ spent a second week at 2 while Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ was at 3.

The biggest climb this week was only 3 places and 4 songs managed this. Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ moved up to 6 and, sitting on 21 weeks in the charts, became the oldest song so far to pick up a biggest climber award, smashing the previous record of 13 weeks in the charts that Barbara Ray’s ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ had seen when it picked up a climber award 2 weeks previously. Joining ‘You’ in climbing 3 places was Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ (up to 9), the aforementioned ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ which was on 15 weeks in the chart and climbed to 13 and Tom Jones’ ‘Till’ which climbed into 13th spot to give him his 15th biggest climber. Jones had now seen 6 more biggest climbers than any other act with The Bee Gees and Herman’s Hermits on 9 each being in second place. With ‘You’ and ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ both on double figure weeks count, this was the first of only 2 occasions we would see 2 songs on more than 10 weeks take the biggest climber in the same week. ‘You’ was also the 9th song to claim a biggest climber after experiencing a biggest faller.

Hot Chocolate’s ‘I Believe (In Love)’ took the biggest faller award with a 6 place drop from 10 to 16 while Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ clocked up its 4th week as the oldest on the chart. It was the 4th song so far to reach 21 weeks in the chart.

Peter Vee’s ‘Can We Get To That’ was the first of 3 songs to depart the chart this week. It had been with us for 13 weeks and peaked at 11. To date this was the lowest position that a song lasting 13 weeks on the charts had peaked at. There would be 16 songs in total that would peak lower during a 13 week run, but only 1 of those would do so in the top 20 era, the rest all doing it when the chart was a top 30. This was not the last we would see of Vee in the charts.

Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Did You Ever?’ was the second song to go. It had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 9. This ended the SA chart careers of both acts. Sinatra had been more successful with 7 hits to her name compared to the 3 Hazlewood had manged. All of Hazlewood’s 3 hits had been as half of a duet with Sinatra, he did, however, have writing credits on 3 of the other 4 hits Sinatra had, with only Nancy’s duet with her father Frank, ‘Something Stupid’, not having a Hazlewood involvement. Sinatra had clocked up 54 weeks in total while Hazlewood managed 22, with 5 of Sinatra’s 54 weeks being spent at 1, 4 of which were with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ and one with the aforementioned duet with Frank. The highest Hazlewood managed to get to as an artist was 4 which ‘Jackson’, his duet with Nancy, managed.

Last to go was Titanic’s ‘Sultana’s which had now had 2 runs in the chart, both lasting just 1 week. The first run was a week at 19 and the second run was a week at 15.

John Kongos followed up the success of ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’, a number 4 hit in the UK, with another number 4 hit in the UK and that was the only new entry we saw this week on our top 20. In fact, the week it entered our charts was just 1 week after it had seen its peak of 4 in the UK. Like ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’, ‘Tokoloshe Man’ was also produced by one time Elton John producer Gus Dugeon and was also covered by The Happy Mondays, however, where their cover of the former went to 5 in the UK, the latter would not chart, but it did appear on the b-side of their number 24 hit in the UK, ‘Judge Fudge’. Kongos’ sons have recently been following in their father’s footsteps garnering hits in the US and Canada as the band Kongos.

The observant amongst you will probably have noticed that there were 3 songs which left the charts, but above I said that ‘Tokoloshe Man’ was the only new entry this week. This was because the 2 other songs that arrived in the charts to take over the slots left by the departing ones were both new entries. This was the first of 5 times we would see 2 re-entries in a week. We would never see more than 2.

The first of the re-entries was Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’ which had spent just 1 week at 20 during its previous run, but after just 1 week away from the charts it was back.

Dawn’s ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’ had seen a much more successful first run, spending 7 weeks in the top 20 and getting to number 6. It too had been gone from the top 20 for just 1 week.

This week saw 7 local songs on the charts, but 8 by acts from the UK, making it the first time in 14 weeks that the local acts were not the leaders for number of hits in the top 20. Of those previous 13 weeks, it was only the last 2 where they shared the honours with acts from the UK with both nations supplying 7 hits.

Billy Forrest now had 40 weeks in the charts to his names. I say names as 29 weeks had been as Quentin E. Klopjaeger, 3 had been as Dennis and he now had 8 as William E. He sat 5th on the local weeks count list, 5 behind 4th placed The Bats and 43 behind the best local act to date, The Staccatos who had 83 to their name. In moving on to 40 weeks, Forrest shook off Gene Rockwell and Jody Wayne who dropped to tied 6th. Groep Twee moved into tied 10th place with Murray Campbell on 33 weeks, while Barbara Ray caught up to Des Lindberg in 12th place with both acts on 31 weeks.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ by The New Seekers was still in the charts and now had 16 weeks under its belt. This, combined with the 8 weeks Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version of the song had managed brought the song’s total weeks in the charts to 24 which meant it sat tied 7th with ‘Sugar Sugar’ (The Archies & Sakkarin) on the list of weeks in the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. The leader on that list was still ‘Lara’s Theme (From Doctor Zhivago)’ which managed 40 weeks through 3 different versions.

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17 December 1971

charisma-mammy-blue-cbs

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 4 8 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
3 2 6 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
4 3 11 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
5 9 5 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
6 8 4 Desiderata  – Les Crane
7 7 5 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
8 6 15 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
9 5 20 You  – Peter Maffay
10 10 5 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
11 11 7 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
12 19 2 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
13 12 8 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
14 New 1 Imagine  – John Lennon
15 RE 2 Sultana  – Titanic
16 13 14 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
17 18 2 Till  – Tom Jones
18 16 17 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
19 15 6 Did You Ever?  – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
20 17 13 Can We Get to That  – Peter Vee

Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ became the new record holder for weeks at 1 as it enjoyed its 9th week at the top of the pile, moving 1 ahead of The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ which managed 8. By the time the charts ended in 1989 a total of 17 songs would have spent 9 or more weeks at number 1. Charisma’s ‘chart topping exploits also gave us the 60th week that a local act had been at the top of the charts and also equalled the record to date consecutive weeks with a local act at 1. The previous time we had seen a local act at the top of the charts for 9 straight weeks was when Quentin E. Klopjager’s 2 weeks at 1 with ‘Lazy Life’ was immediately followed by 7 weeks with Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ in the top spot in June to August 1968.

Neville Whitmill’s ‘Get me Some Help’ moved up 2 to 2 and gave us the 7th time we had seen local acts at number 1 and 2. More good news for the local acts was that Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’, which was at 2 last week, only dropped to 3, giving us the 1st of 4 weeks where the top 3 spots were occupied by local acts.

Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 from 19 to 12. It was their second time with the award having picked up one with their previous hit, ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweede Dum’. Marmalade’s ‘Cousin Norman’ was a star rater for the second week running as it moved up 4 from 9 to 5. This was their 8th time with a star rater and they were the 29th act so far to manage this many climbs of 4 or more places.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ and Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Did You Ever?’ were the fallers of the week, both dropping 4 places to land at 9 and 19 respectively. ‘Did You Ever?’ had been the faller of the week 2 weeks previously and it clocked up Hazlewood’s 2 and Sinatra’s 4th. Peter Maffay meanwhile could take some comfort from the fact that ‘You’ was the oldest in the charts, clocking up its 20th week with us. It was the 8th song so far to reach 20 weeks in the top 20 and was the first of 13 songs by German acts that would manage this. The previous song to reach 20 weeks was Dave Mills’ ‘Theresa’ which managed this in the March of 1970, 93 weeks previously.

For the third week running we saw a song have a chart run of just 1 week at number 20 as last week’s new entry, Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This the Way to) Amarillo’, dropped off the chart after spending that week at the bottom place of the charts. This would be the only time we would see 3 consecutive weeks with this and while would see 2 more occasions where we had 2 consecutive weeks of this, we would not see any consecutive weeks with a song at the bottom of the charts for just 1 week once the Top 20 became the Top 30. We would see Tony Christie in our charts again.

Dawn’s ‘What are You Doing Sunday’ was the only other song to leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 6 during that time. We were also not done with Dawn yet.

John Lennon became the last of the Fab Four to make our charts in a solo capacity as ‘Imagine’ entered at 14 this week. His 3 ex-bandmates had already clocked up a combined total of 45 weeks in the charts with 4 hits so far (2 by George and 1 apiece for Paul and Ringo) and John eventually charted 9 months and 12 days after we first saw a solo Beatle (George in this case) make the charts. It would be nearly 4 years after this week that ‘Imagine’ would first appear on the UK charts. It made number 3 in the US in 1971 and topped the Italian and Canadian charts. It is possibly the most critically acclaimed song of all the Beatles solo material, a supposition supported by the fact that it ranked number 3 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 Songs of all time, the next highest being Paul McCartney’s ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ which was at 338. George Harrision’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ at 454 was the only other one on the list. It had been 340 weeks since Lennon first charted as a song writer and that was when The Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride’ was in the first top 20. This was a new record to date for gap between first charting as a song writer and finally charting as an artist. Lennon would have had some satisfaction from the fact that he took over the record from a certain Paul McCartney who had seen 305 weeks lapse between first charting as a song writer before charting as an artist.

Titanic’s ‘Sultana’ became the 19th song so far to re-enter the top 20 as it returned to the charts 2 weeks after it spent a single week at 19 during its first run. There would be 1 more Norwegian act that would see a hit re-enter the chart, but we would have to wait till 1987 to see that.

While Peter Maffay enjoyed his 20th week in the charts (see above), Barbara Ray was celebrating her 30th. She sat 13th on the local weeks count list, a position she no longer shared with Dickie Loader who dropped to 14. Billy Forrest moved into tied 5th place on the list, his 39 weeks to date equalling Gene Rockwell and Jody Wayne. Virginia Lee dropped from 8 to 9 as The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s total ticked over to 37 and put them 1 week ahead of her. Similarly at 11, Groep Twee were unmoved, but their total of 32 was now 1 more than Des Lindberg’s and the latter dropped to 12.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ had now seen 23 weeks in the charts in total, 8 with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version and 15 with The New Seekers’. It was tied 8th highest weeks count for a song charting in more than 1 version, sharing 8th place with ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg and We Three) and ‘The Letter’ (Boxtops and Trini Lopez).

Last week we saw the average weeks in the chart that the top 20 songs had been with us move past the 7 mark. This week it went over 8 as it worked out at 8.05. We had to go way back to 24 February 1967 to see the last time that this average was over 8.

A last comment on this week’s chart is that this top 20 saw a record to date 7 one word song titles. These were ‘Amen’, ‘Butterfly’, ‘Desiderata’, ‘You’, ‘Imagine’,’ Sultana’ and ‘Till’.

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10 December 1971

charisma-mammy-blue-cbs

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 4 5 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
3 2 10 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
4 3 7 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
5 5 19 You  – Peter Maffay
6 6 14 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
7 9 4 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
8 10 3 Desiderata  – Les Crane
9 7 4 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
10 12 4 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
11 8 6 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
12 13 7 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
13 16 13 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
14 11 7 What are You Doing Sunday  – Dawn
15 14 5 Did You Ever?  – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
16 15 16 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
17 17 12 Can We Get to That  – Peter Vee
18 New 1 Till  – Tom Jones
19 New 1 Soley Soley  – Middle of the Road
20 New 1 (Is This the Way to) Amarillo  – Tony Christie

‘Mammy Blue’ moved level with The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ for weeks at 1 as it entered its record to date equalling 8th week at the top of the charts. It was the first of only 4 local songs that would end up having this many weeks at number 1. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Amen’ climbed 2 places from 4 to 2 to give us the 6th occasion where the top 2 spots were occupied by local acts. The previous 3 times we had seen this, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy were the act sitting at number 2 and that was when for 3 weeks running their hit ‘Understanding’ sat in second spot while Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ hogged the top spot.

Barbara Ray picked up her 3rd biggest climber award as ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ moved up 3 from 16 to 13. Not only did the number of biggest climbers for the artist match the number of positions the song climbed, but the number of weeks the song had been in the chart matched the position the song ended up at. This broke the record for the oldest song to take a biggest climber award. The previous best had been when Carike Keuzenkamp’s (another local act) ‘Timothy’ had been the biggest climber in its 12th week in the charts. Ray led the way for number of biggest climbers by a local woman with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp being the only other to have claimed this award twice. With the biggest climb being only 3 places, there were no star raters this week. ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’ was the 8th song to have a biggest climber after having suffered a biggest faller as it had taken the faller award 3 weeks previously.

3 was not only the number of places for the biggest climb, but was also that for the faller of the week and this was the 57th time the faller and climber moved the same number of positions. There were 2 songs that managed this 3 place fall and they were William E.’s ‘Papa’s Gonna Kiss It Better’ down to 11 and Dawn’s ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’ which fell to 14. This was the 16th time we had seen a local climber and faller in the same week.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ enjoyed its second week as the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 19 weeks with us. The last song to make 19 weeks was Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ back in the April of 1970. One had to go back to the February of that year to see the last song to go past 19 weeks and that was when The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ managed this, although that was not 20 consecutive weeks. The last song to manage 20 consecutive weeks was Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ back in the May of 1968.

Vince Hill’s ‘Look Around (and You’ll Find Me There)’ became the 13th song to spend just 1 week at number 20 and with Dave Mills’ managing this the week before that, it was the first of only 2 occasions where we would see songs do this for 2 consecutive weeks. Hill was the 5th act so far whose entire SA chart career was made up of 1 week at number 20. The previous acts to manage this were Bobby Bare, The Thomas Group, Tony Hatch (with a duet with Jackie Trent who did have other hits) and Chicken Shack.

Also lasting just 1 week was Sultana’s ‘Titanic’ which spent its week at 19. We had now seen 13 songs spend just 1 week at 19 during a chart run, the same number that had spent just a week at number 20. For the really interested, only 3 songs had spent just a week at 18 as their chart run, 2 of which were Cliff Richard hits (‘Just Another Guy’ and ‘Big Ship’).

Last to go was Gert Potgieter’s ‘Sweet Maria’. It had also lasted just 1 week during this run, but had managed a previous run of 7 weeks, bringing its weeks count up to 8. Its best peak was 13. This concluded Potgieter’s SA chart run and this would be his only hit on our charts.

This was the first time and only time we would see 3 songs that were new or re-entries all leave the chart the following week.

Tom Jones increased his lead at the top of the number of hits list as his 17th song to make our charts, ‘Till’, was the first of the new entries this week. Jones was now 3 hits in front of second placed Cliff Richard who sat on 14. ‘Till’ was a cover of a 1956 song originally written in French by Charles Danvers with the title ‘Prière Sans Espoir’. Carl Sigman supplied some English lyrics and those were first recorded by Percy Faith and that version made number 63 in the US in 1957. Jones’ version would go to 41 in the US and manage to get to 2 in the UK.

Middle Of The Road saw their second SA chart hit enter the charts this week. ‘Soley Soley’. It would give them a number 5 hit in the UK and a number 2 in Germany as well as topping the Swiss, Norwegian and Dutch charts. The song was penned by one Fernando Arbex and was the first of 3 songs that he would have a hand in writing to that would chart in SA. The song was translated into French (‘Soleil Soleil’) by Michel Jourdan (who helped write Pierre Groscolas’ ‘Lady Lay’ which would chart in SA in 1976) and covered by a number of acts including Nana Mouskouri and Lara Fabian.

The last of the new entries was Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ and was his 3rd SA Top 20 hit. It was co-written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka. Sedaka had already had one hit as a songwriter on our charts (‘When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door’ by local act The Dealians) but it was the first of 4 for Greenfield. Amarillo is the 14th largest city in the state of Texas but, he said giving a little bit about future charts away, the song was never at position 14 on our charts. In 2005 Christie re-recorded the song with comedian Peter Kay for Comic Relief and this would be Christie’s only UK number 1 to date.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved into tied 8th place with Virginia Lee on the local weeks count list. They had 36 weeks to their name. Groep Twee drew level with Des Lindberg at 11 on 31 weeks while Barbara Ray climbed into tied 13th place alongside Dickie Loader with 29 weeks to their names.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ became the 5th song to accumulate 300 or more points as its points total moved on to 308 and placed the song at number 3 on the points to date list. 2 local songs sat above it with Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ second on 312 and The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ way out in the lead on 447 points.

‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ moved into tied 10th place for weeks in the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. It had clocked up 8 weeks with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version and 14 with The New Seekers version, the latter still being in the charts. This totalled 22 weeks and was the same number that ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ (Herman’s Hermits and New Vaudeville Band) had managed.

Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ set a new record for weeks in the charts by an Afrikaans song, moving on to 16 weeks which was 1 more than their ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’, the previous record holder, had managed.

We also saw the average number of weeks that the top 20 songs had been with up creep over the 7 week mark as it hit 7.4 this week. It had been 30 weeks since we last saw the average above 7.

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3 December 1971

charisma-mammy-blue-cbs

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 2 9 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
3 3 6 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
4 4 4 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
5 5 18 You  – Peter Maffay
6 6 13 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
7 15 3 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
8 8 5 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
9 11 3 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
10 19 2 Desiderata  – Les Crane
11 7 6 What are You Doing Sunday  – Dawn
12 12 3 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
13 10 6 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
14 9 4 Did You Ever?  – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
15 13 15 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
16 16 12 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
17 14 11 Can We Get to That  – Peter Vee
18 RE 8 Sweet Maria  – Gert Potgieter
19 New 1 Sultana  – Titanic
20 New 1 Look Around (and You’ll Find Me There)  – Vince Hill

‘Mammy Blue’ by Charisma now equalled Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ for a record to date weeks at 1 as it enjoyed its 7th straight week as the nation’s favourite. It was just 1 week behind the overall best to date, The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’, which had enjoyed 8 weeks at 1. Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’ spent a 5th straight week at 2 and set a new record for consecutive week in second place. This was also the record for consecutive weeks with no change in the top 2 songs, a record which would be equalled 5 times before being beaten in 1979.

In fact, this week the top 6 songs were the same as the week before and this was a new record to date for the top songs not moving.

Les Crane’s ‘Desiderata’ took top honours for upward movement as it climbed 9 places from 19 to 10. This was the 78th time a song had climbed 9 or more places in a week and the 33rd time for an act from the US.

Marmalade’s ‘Cousin Norman’ was the only other star rater as it climbed 8 from 15 to 7. This was the 24th song to climb 8 or more places but not take climber of the week and Marmalade were the 22nd act to reach 7 star raters.

‘Did You Ever?’ by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra was the faller of the week. It dropped 5 places from 9 to 14 and was only Sinatra’s 3rd time with the biggest faller and a first for Hazlewood.

Dave Mills’ ‘Mexico’ was the 15th song to spend just 1 week at number 20 as it’s short SA chart career came to an end this week. Of the 15 song to do this so far, 3 had managed to re-enter the charts for a second run. Mills would return to the chart, but not with ‘Mexico’.

Joan Baez’s SA Chart career came to an end when her only song to have success in our top 20, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’, left the charts after 4 weeks and a peak of 18. This equalled the second lowest peak to date for a song spending 4 weeks in the charts with only Manfred Mann’s peak of 19 during a 4 week run being lower. Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Sleepy Joe’ shared the peak of 18 with Joan Baez’s hit.

Last to leave was The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ which had been in the charts for 18 weeks and spent 8 of those at number 1. It had been the oldest in the charts for the previous 7 weeks. Both The Sweet’s hits to date (the other being ‘Funny Funny’) had topped the charts and while they would have a number more hits, they would have to wait till 1975 to see their next chart topper.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ took over as the oldest on the charts. It was on 18 weeks with us and this was the highest weeks in the charts to date that a song first became the oldest other than The Staccato’s ‘Cry To me’ which was immediately the oldest in the charts when it re-entered the top 20 with its total week count for both runs moving on to 19.

Gert Potgieter’s ‘Sweet Maria’ became the 18th song to re-enter the charts as it popped up at number 18 this week after having been off the top 20 for 2 weeks. This was the 4th local song to make a return to the charts.

Titanic’s ‘Sultana’ was the 27th instrumental track to make our charts. The band hailed from Norway and were the first of 4 acts from that nation that would make our charts. The song proved quite popular in Europe, going to 4 in Belgium, 5 in their native Norway and the UK and 8 in the Netherlands.

The last new entry was Vince Hill’s ‘Look Around (and You’ll Find Me There)’. The song was a cover of Francis Lai’s ‘Snow Frolic’ from the film ‘Love Story’, the main theme of which had been an SA chart hit earlier in the year for Lai and it was his 3rd hit as a song writer to make our charts. The lyrics which Vince Hill’s version featured were added by Lowell Mark and Norman Simon. Hill is a British singer whose biggest hit was a version of ‘Edelweiss’, the song from the musical ‘The Sound of Music’, which went to number 2 in the UK. ‘Look Around (And You’ll Find me There’)’ would give him a number 12 hit in the UK.

Groep Twee equalled their own record for weeks in the charts with an Afrikaans song as ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ moved on to 16 weeks in the chart, the same number that their previous hit, ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’ had managed.

We had now seen 12 consecutive weeks where local acts had outnumbered those from any other nation on out charts. This was the second longest such run we had seen to date with the record so far being 13 weeks. This week saw 8 local songs in the top 20, 5 by acts from the UK and 4 by American acts. There was 1 each from Norway, Germany and France.

This week saw Lee Hazlewood reach 20 weeks in the charts while Groep Twee moved on to 30. Billy Forrest shook off Virginia Lee on the local weeks count list, his 37th week to date putting him in in 7th place on his own while Virginia dropped to 8th. Groep Twee moved 1 ahead of Dickie Loader with the former staying in 12th spot while the latter dropped to 13th. Barbara Ray drew level with Tidal Wave at position 14 with 28 weeks to her name.

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26 November 1971

charisma-mammy-blue-cbs

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Mammy Blue  – Charisma
2 2 8 Butterfly  – Danyel Gerard
3 4 5 Get Me Some Help  – Neville Whitmill
4 7 3 Amen  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
5 5 17 You  – Peter Maffay
6 3 12 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers
7 6 5 What are You Doing Sunday  – Dawn
8 9 4 Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better  – William E.
9 13 3 Did You Ever?  – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
10 14 5 Stagger Lee  – Tommy Roe
11 20 2 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast  – Daniel Boone
12 17 2 I Believe (in Love)  – Hot Chocolate
13 8 14 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
14 12 10 Can We Get to That  – Peter Vee
15 19 2 Cousin Norman  – Marmalade
16 11 11 Silver Threads and Golden Needles  – Barbara Ray
17 10 18 Co-Co  – Sweet
18 18 4 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  – Joan Baez
19 New 1 Desiderata  – Les Crane
20 New 1 Mexico  – Dave Mills

‘Mammy Blue’ by Charisma moved on to 6 weeks at number 1 and was now tied second for weeks at 1 by a local act, equalling Murray Campbell’s effort with ‘Goodbye My Love’. Where ‘Mammy Blue’ had the edge over Campbell’s song was that it had managed its 6 weeks in a consecutive run while ‘Goodbye My Love’s 6 weeks was done in a broken run.

Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’ joined Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’, Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ and Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ in a record to date 4 consecutive weeks at 2. The bad news for Gerard was that none of the other 3 to manage this so far had gone on to take the top spot. All 4 of the song to do this so far had done so in 1971 and this record of 4 would not be broken until 1980 when we would see 5 songs spend at least 4 consecutive weeks at 2. There would be 3 further years when we would see 4.

Daniel Boone’s ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 9 from 20 to 11. This was the 77th time we had seen a song climb 9 or more places but only the 68th time a song climbing 9 or more places had taken the biggest climber award.  Of the 373 biggest climbers we had seen to date, ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’ was the 196th to take the award in its second week on the charts. This meant that 52.5% of biggest climbers took the award in the week after they arrived in the charts.

Hot Chocolate’s ‘I Believe (In Love)’ was the second biggest climber with a star rater jump of 5 places from 17 to 12. Other star raters this week was Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Did You Ever?’ (up 4 to 9), Tommy Roe’s ‘Stagger Lee’ (up 4 to 10) and Marmalade’s ‘Cousin Norman’ (up 4 to 15). For Marmalade and Lee Hazlewood, it was their 6th star rater climb while Nancy Sinatra and Tommy Roe were double that with a 12th star rater each. 10 acts so far had managed 12 star raters.

The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ had been the only song we would ever see take the biggest faller 4 weeks running. This week, after 18 weeks in the chart and 7 of them being as the oldest in the top 20, The Sweets’ second hit to date, ‘Co-Co’ finally picked up its first biggest faller award as it dropped 5 from 12 to 17. We had to go back to April 1970 (over a year and a half) to see the last time a song managed to spend 18 weeks or more in the chart and that was Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ which went on to manage 19 weeks in total.

New World’s ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart as it dropped off the top 20 after a run of 12 weeks and a peak of 4. This was the 3rd highest weeks and peak figure we had seen for a song by an Aussie band with The Seekers’ chart topping ‘World Of Our Own’ (16 weeks and their ‘The Carnival Is Over’ which peaked at 2 during a 13 week run, being the 2 that had performed better. ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ would be the New World’s only SA chart hit.

We also bid farewell to Middle Of The Road’s ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’ which had enjoyed 12 weeks in the chart and peaked at 5. There was a good few hits to still come from them. With both leavers starting with ‘T’, this was the 40th time we saw 2 songs start with the same letter leave the chart in the same week. Only once before had we seen 3 songs starting with the same letter leave the chart in the same week. ‘T’ was now the most popular letter to manage this as we had seen it happen 6 times. ‘L’ was the next most popular with 5, although included in those 5 times was the time 3 ‘L’ songs left the chart in the same week.

The first of the new entries was the 300th song by a solo male artist to make the charts and that was Les Crane’s ‘Desiderata’. Crane was a radio announced in the US whose real name was Lesley Stein and ‘Desiderata’ was a poem written in 1927 by an American poet called Max Ehrmann. Crane’s single features him speaking the words of the poem over some music and this would garner him a number 7 hit in the UK, a number 8 hit in the US and he would also see his effort make it to number 5 in what was then Rhodesia. In 1972 Gallagher & Lyle would release their own version of this as a single, but it would not bother the chart in the US or the UK.

The arrival of Dave Mills’ ‘Mexico’ on the charts meant we now had 6 local acts sitting in tied second place for number of hits by a local act as Mills joined The Staccatos, Gene Rockwell, The Bats, Virginia Lee and Billy Forrest in 6 hits to date and they all sat 1 behind leaders, Four Jacks & A Jill who had seen 7 songs make the top 20. ‘Mexico’ was written by Terry Dempsey and this was his 17th composition to make the charts. He pulled 1 hit ahead of Jeff Barry who dropped into 3rd place on 16. Dempsey was now second and only 1 hit behind leader, Les Reed. We now had 8 local songs in the charts, 2 less than the record to date 10 we had seen 20 weeks previously.

Tommy Roe was the only act on this week’s top 20 who was in the top 20 of the list of weeks on the charts by an artist. He had 85 weeks to his name, but was unmoved at 10 on the list. Dave Mills was the second highest on the list of those in this week’s top 20. He sat at 21 with 69 weeks but the week he added to his count this week was not enough to move him up the local weeks count list as he was unmoved at number 2 and was still 14 behind The Staccatos who led the way on 83. He did, however, shake off Four Jacks & A Jill whom he had shared second spot with for the last 18 weeks. Billy Forrest moved into tied 7th place alongside Virginia Lee. They had 36 weeks to their names. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved 1 week ahead of Murray Campbell, but were unmoved at 9 with 34 weeks. Groep Twee’s total ticked over to 29 weeks and they moved up to tied 12th place alongside Dickie Loader. And finally on the local list, Barbara Ray shook off The Dealians to have 15th spot to herself as she moved on to 27 weeks.

The sugar levels in this week’s chart were high as we had The Sweet, Hot Chocolate, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Marmalade all in the top 20. This was also the 25th time we had seen the song at number 1 and that at 20 start with the same letter, but only the second time that letter had been ‘M’.

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